美国总统大选辩论 华裔学生致词第一人
Washington University student Kenneth Sng made opening remarks at the 2nd US presidential debate

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总统大选第二场辩论,圣路易华大同学会会长孙崇元(Kenneth Sng)致致开场白

Remarks at the 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate by Student Body President, Kenneth Sng

(圣路易华大同学会会长孙崇元Kenneth Sng致词全文)

Good evening and welcome to Washington University in St. Louis.

Long years ago this nation was founded on a grand promise, later memorialized by President
Lincoln: America will create a true government of the people, by the people, for the people. This Great Democratic Experiment has since spread like wildfire to much of the world, sometimes raging but more often smoldering — including to Singapore, my home. Today, too many democratic governments are being undermined by those who have a much different vision of the world, of their power, and of their responsibilities to their citizens.

This debate provides a momentous occasion to show that while citizens may disagree fervently on issues facing this country, they agree that it is important to stay engaged in the democratic process if Lincoln’s words have any meaning at all. Come November 8th, citizens across this nation will cast their ballots and show the world that democracy as an ideal burns brightly in the dark.

On behalf of the entire student body, I am proud of Washington University for hosting this
debate and for giving voice to the competing ideas at the core of democracy.

【圣路易时报讯】2016年美国总统大选第二场辩论10月9日晚间八时在圣路易斯华盛顿大学新建之体育馆(The Athletic Complex)举行,美国总统候选人希拉莉和特朗普再度交锋,特别的是,这次辩论会的焦点之一是圣路易斯华大同学会会长,新加坡华裔孙崇元(Kenneth Sng)以华盛顿大学学生会主席的身份致开场白,美国总统大选辩论,华裔学生致词第一人,孙崇元见证民主政治,创造历史。

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华大校长Mark Wrighton致欢迎词
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孙崇元会长致词
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华大校长Mark Wrighton和孙崇元(Kenneth Sng)会长摄于辩论会开始前华大学生中心

辩论会开始华大校长Mark Wrighton首先致欢迎词,接着由孙崇元会长致词,孙祟元表示伟大的民主实验已经如野火般蔓延到世界上许多地方,包括我的家新加坡,他代表华大所有同学及国际学生欢迎现场来宾及全世界观众参与辩论会。他并鼓励选民登记参与民主政治。

20161009_144531美国总统选举辩论向来都会邀请学生会主席参与,但这次破天荒有新加坡华裔现身,孙崇元也是圣路易斯华盛顿大学有史以来,首次由国际留学生担任学生会主席,且恰逢华大举办总统大选辩论会。当他得知要在辯論上致開場白後,感到非常驚訝,孙崇元表示”然而既然我是留學生,我就要同時從作為一名學生,以及作為一名到美國的留學生的角度去表達,我希望能採取一個國際視角,我覺得自己华大所有同学及国际学生都有責任和義務”,孙崇元全力以赴準備講稿,表现优异。

圣路易斯华盛顿大学留学生办公室表示,作为首名担任学生会主席的留学生,孙崇元出席辩论会独具意义,“特别是考虑到围绕移民政策的问题也是这次选举的焦点”。

24岁的孙崇元曾祖父来自广东汕头,是新加坡第四代华裔,能说流利中文,目前是华大大四学生,主修经济和数学。

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